Use Colours For Harmony And Abundance

Updated: May 18 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Tao teaches us that out of the interplay of yin and yang, all things come. Yin is the blackness that absorbs all colours and yang is the whiteness that reflects them. When we use colour, we are also working with light since light contains all colours, each with its own frequency. Light quality varies around the world, therefore it is not surprising that while in Africa, where the sun beats down under a bright blue sky, pigments and fabrics in browns, beiges and terracotta are used, whereas in places like Britain, where the climate suggests an indoor life and the light is much less vibrant, the same colours signify closing in and, when used to excess, can lead to withdrawal and depression.

The five colours associated with the elements evoke the quality of the energy of each one. We use them to highlight areas of our lives we wish to concentrate on, and the Bagua gives us the associated colours for each direction. In feng shui, balance and harmony are essential. We should decorate our homes according to our tastes or we will never be comfortable there. We should remember the purpose of a particular room and the element associated with the direction in which it is.

Colour is vibration and we respond to it on many levels, consciously and unconsciously. Colour affects how comfortable we are in different environments and it can also affect our moods. Colour enhances and/or softens chi.

I give below a description of the effect of some colours that we may wish to use in our homes or around us.

White represents a fresh canvas and black symbolises a clean slate upon which we can create a picture. Red is stimulating and dominant, it reduces the size of rooms and increases the size of objects. It is associated with warmth, prosperity and stimulation, but also anger, shame and hatred. It is not suitable for dining rooms, childrens bedrooms, kitchens or workshops.

Yellow is associated with enlightenment and intellect, it stimulates the brain and aids digestion. Its positive qualities are optimism, reason and decisiveness. On the other hand, it also suggests craftiness, exaggeration and rigidity. It is suitable for hallways and kitchens, but not for meditation rooms or bathrooms.

Green symbolises growth, fertility and harmony, it is restful and refreshing. It is associated with optimism, freedom and balance, as also envy and deceit. It is good for therapy rooms and bathrooms, but not to be used in playrooms or studies.

Blue is peaceful and soothing, it is linked with spirituality, contemplation, mystery and patience. On the positive side, it is associated with trust, faithfulness and stability. The negatives are suspicion and melancholia. Use it in meditation rooms and bedrooms, but not in family rooms, dining rooms and studies.

Purple encourages vitality and is dignified, impressive and spiritual. It promotes excitement, passion and motivation, as also mournfulness and force. Use in bedrooms and meditation rooms, but not in kitchens and bathrooms.

Orange is powerful and cheerful, it encourages communication, happiness, concentration and intellect. It can also cause rebelliousness. Use in living rooms or dining rooms, not in bedrooms.

Brown suggests stability and weight, safety and elegance. On the negative side, dinginess, depression and ageing. Good for studies, but not for bedrooms.

Pink is linked with purity, happiness and romance. It is suitable for bedrooms, but not kitchens and bathrooms.

White symbolises new beginnings, purity and innocence. Its positive qualities are cleanliness and freshness, its negatives are coldness, starkness and lifelessness. Use in bathrooms and kitchens, not suitable for childrens rooms and dining rooms.

Black is mysterious and independent. Its positive qualities are intrigue, strength and allure, while its negative are darkness and evil. It may be used in teenagers rooms, but not in young childrens rooms, studies or living rooms.

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